Voice memos from the dancefloor.

Stirling, C. (2019) Voice memos from the dancefloor. [Audio]


While conducting fieldwork on musical audiences in London, I became interested in using field recording as a research method. Listening to my field recordings at home after a night out, I was often amazed at the small, forgotten moments that my iPhone had managed to capture: the mediation of sounds through the physical materials of a spatial environment; the jubilant collectivising energy that spreads across a room when a well-loved tune edges into audibility; the levels of shouting over the music and expressions of exasperation and disgust at the crowdedness of an event. It struck me that these kinds of audibility acted as a valuable way of knowing and understanding the texture of the urban social world and its musical and sonic environments. This piece explores these ideas through a field recording exchange with Freya Johnson Ross. The first three and a half minutes were originally included as part of a larger piece by Freya and I titled ‘I Mean They’re Not Actually Caverns’, presented at the Eavesdropping Symposium in London, 2018. This audio recording is available open access at the 'Official URL' given below.

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item